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File:JREurope.jpg|thumb|275px|right|James Reese Europe sheet music in the Library of Congress collections. '''James Reese Europe''' (22 February 1880 – 9 May 1919) was an American ragtime and early jazz bandleader, arranger, and composer. He was the leading figure on the African-American music scene of New York City in the 1910s. Eubie Blake called him the "Martin Luther King of music".[http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc.natlib.ihas.200038842/default.html "James Reese Europe", ''Performing Arts Encyclopedia'', Library of Congress]
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